Saturday, February 21, 2009

NOFX at the Music Box (Hollywood 02/07/09)

After working all Friday evening and night, I guess 12.30 am is a good time for a break and to start describing my most active week in the last month! ;)

On Feb 7th, I went to Hollywood to watch a punk rock show by one of my favorite bands: NOFX. Hollywood is just 15-20 minutes by car from Pasadena, so I just worked until the last minute in Pasadena and arrived to the show just in time for the first band.

I was a bit late, so I could not get the name of the first band... at least I took a lousy photo of them. ;)

This is the place where the show was: the music box at Fonda Theatre, Hollywood CA.

After almost two hours listening to the first two bands (the second were the Dispensables from Santa Cruz CA), NOFX started with their show. From the beginning, you could notice it was going to be a special one! Fat Mike was kind of drunk and doing a lot of talking as usual. They started with some of their most famous songs: Linoleum, Bob... so everybody in the theater went crazy ;) They played a lot of songs in a bit more than one hour and a half, including some new ones that will come in the new album.

Fat Mike was in the spot light all night: he was already drunk but continued drinking, resulting in a break after the first hour. After the break he said he had taken a cold shower and it would be better from there on ;) He also paid 100 dollars to a guy so he left the show. The guy was showing Christian symbols at him and he did not like that XD The guitar player in Penniwise also started some fight in the backstage... And in the meanwhile, great music. Some songs were perfect and some not so much, but that is what punk rock is about.

In the end, Penniwise guitarist jumped into the stage and started fighting Fat Mike! That guy is huge and went nuts... he started pushing away everybody and running around. In the end he jumped onto the drums!!! The result can be seen in the photo below. As you can imagine that was the end of the effective show. After that, Eric Melvin played the accordion for a while, repeating the same tune once and again (the tune in the song when they present all the band... I do not remember the name of the song... it is in an old album...). And then, some impersonations and mocking... Quite interesting! They are so good that their show is a real SHOW, not only music! ;)

This show was a nice experience and I will try going to Hollywood more often for nice shows!!

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